IMPRS on Multiscale Bio-Systems

The IMPRS on Multiscale Bio-Systems is a graduate program, where young talented doctoral students can work on a challenging research project and develop their scientific communication and management skills.

Scientific Scope

The IMPRS on Multiscale Bio-Systems addresses the fundamental levels of biosystems as provided by macromolecules in aqueous solutions, molecular recognition between these building blocks, free energy transduction by molecular machines as well as structure formation and transport in cells and tissues. The research activities are focused on four core areas:

  • Recognition of Biopolymers
  • Photo-induced Molecular Processes
  • Cell-like Systems and Processes
  • Tissue-like Systems and Processes


One general objective is to understand, in a quantitative manner, how the processes on supramolecular and mesoscopic scales between a few nanometers and many micrometers arise from the structure and dynamics of the molecular building blocks. To achieve this goal, our interdisciplinary research combines bottom-up with top-down approaches, which are pursued by several groups from theoretical and experimental biophysics, from physical and colloid chemistry as well as from biochemistry and molecular biology.

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IMPRS Partners

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces
Universität Potsdam
Freie Universität Berlin
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin